At about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 22nd, 7-year-old Mia Chapman, of Gardena, was struck by a vehicle and killed at a car show in Santa Fe Springs, reported the Los Angeles Times. While exiting the car show, which was located at 10230 Freeman Avenue, one of the drivers lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a stack of pallets holding water bottles, the impact causing them to fall on and fatally injure Chapman. She died instantly from the trauma she suffered. Authorities are investigating the accident, as well as whether or not permits had been obtained for the event.
Santa Fe Springs accounted for 3 of the 568 fatalities and 451 of the 71,866 injuries suffered in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Pedestrians under the age of 15 accounted for 804 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death in Los Angeles County that year.
Under California law, those who have lost loved ones to traffic accidents may file wrongful death claims in order to hold the at-fault party liable for their loss.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Mia Chapman.